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Pittsburgh named one of the world’s smartest cities

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NEWSWEEK - Pittsburgh has been named one of the world’s smartest cities, as part of Newsweek’s 2019 Momentum Awards. Pittsburgh has undergone a dramatic environmental and technological transformation over recent years, earning its reputation as one of America's "most livable" cities, ranks among the top U.S. cities for green-certified building space, is named a top "NextTech" city, and has implemented numerous successful smart city projects incl... 

Pittsburgh named one of most livable cities in United States

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KDKA - The Economist Intelligence Unit ranked the most livable cities in the United States, and Pittsburgh is No. 3, beating out Seattle and Washington D.C. for a top-three spot. The study looked at stability, healthcare, culture, environment, education and infrastructure.  

Pittsburgh ranked 12th among world’s most cultural cities for students.

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OXFORD SUMMER COURSES – Pittsburgh stacks up well among the world’s “most cultural cities for students” in a ranking of university towns including Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Paris, and Zurich. Pittsburgh finished 12th in the world, and sixth among U.S. cities in the rankings, which counted cinemas, museums, theaters, libraries, gig venues and street markets per 100,000 residents.  

UPMC Children's Hospital ranks among top in nation, run by Pitt Public Health alum (video)

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KDKA - President Mark Sevco (HPM/Katz '91) said, "It is an extraordinary achievement to be recognized as one of the best children's hospitals in the country. I am honored to work with all the outstanding and talented health care professionals who are committed to putting children first. The rankings reflect our staff's dedicatio to creating the ultimate patient care experience by providing compassionate and world-renowned care for every single p... 

Pittsburgh parks ranked highly by The Trust for Public Land

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THE TRUST FOR PUBLIC LAND - On their 2019 ParkScore ranking for the 100 largest U.S. cities, Pittsburgh ranked #22. Among other distinctions, they report that 91% of city residents live within walking distance of a park.   

A guide to Pittsburgh’s newest breweries, bars and distilleries

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THE PITT NEWS -  Our student newspaper's preview of eight new breweries, bars, and distilleries in Pittsburgh includes Mario’s Saloon, soon to open across from Pitt Public Health. The popular local bar chain takes over a former staple of the Oakland bar scene, Peter’s Pub, which closed after 44 years. Currently, Mario's South Side and East Side locations host events like team trivia on Thursday nights and karaoke on Monday nights.    

Pittsburgh hockey fans ranked #1

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FORBES - Take note that our city has the NHL’s best fans! With a 5 year sell-out streak and top TV ratings, our fans are ready to see the Penguins take the cup. Besides a five-year sell-out streak and top TV ratings, Forbes noted: “The team’s Facebook page has 1.2 million followers — impressive considering it represents 51 percent of Pittsburgh’s population.”  

When it comes to volunteerism, Pittsburgh leads by example

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WESA - Whether it's participating in a match program to socialize with immigrant families or lending a helping hand at a soup kitchen, Pittsburghers are volunteering at a nationally recognized rate. Nearly 38 percent of local residents volunteer, placing the city in seventh place nationally for its collective rate of volunteerism.   

What’s the only U.S. city on National Geographic Traveler’s global Cool List for 2019? Yup. Pittsburgh.

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NEXT PITTSBURGH - When they scoured the globe in search of “the 19 destinations set to hit the headlines in 2019,” the reporters at National Geographic Traveler magazine chose only one location in all of America. Pittsburgh. “While Pittsburgh is a blue-collar town at heart,” the magazine writes, “it’s much more elegant than many visitors might expect. And there’s plenty for culture vultures, too."  

Pittsburgh ranked as the most livable city in the US

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WPXI - The annual “Livability Survey,” which ranks 140 cities on factors like stability, health care, culture, education and infrastructure on a scale of 1-100, was released this week. Pittsburgh came in at number 32 overall, the top city in the continental United States and only behind Honolulu for the entire country.  

Pittsburgh, the hippest city in PA

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THE DAILY MEAL - A hardcore sports town, Pittsburgh’s healthy economy has resulted in a lot happening here, from great food to extensive entertainment. Home to many colleges and universities, Pittsburgh is a bastion for arts and culture, as well as academia, and in addition to the many events on campuses, the city has music venues of every kind, as well as art galleries, museums, and casinos.  

YNGBLKPGH. What does Pittsburgh mean to 140 young black professionals?

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WESA & PITTWIRE -   Pitt alum Brian Burley (BUS ’13G) continues to highlight young black leaders and create community ties through his www.YngBlkPgh.com site. This social enterprise started with his book “YNGBLKPGH” (Young Black Pittsburgh) which features more than 140 African-American professionals under the age of 40.   

Anthrocon 2018: Pittsburgh welcomes this costumed community for a 13th consecutive summer party

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PITTSBURGH CITY PAPER - Ever wondered when Pittsburgh — a football town with a drinking problem, a steel town-turned-medical/tech hub, a city of bridges and champions— became the furry-friendliest spot in this American Land? We did, too. So, let’s look back upon Anthrocon becoming as big a part of our summer routine as fireworks.  

Pittsburgh #15 best big college town in America

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STACKER - Schools that boast a great campus environment and also happen to sit in an exceptional college town truly have the best of both worlds. Of 415 cities evaluated including looking at each area’s “wallet friendliness” (cost of living), “social environment” (demographics, entertainment options), and “academic and economic opportunities” (education quality, job opportunities, earning potential), Pittsburgh came in at #15.   

Human Rights Campaign recognizes UPMC's Children's Hospital and WPIC

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TRIB LIVE - Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC were once again recognized as "Leaders in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality" by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Facilities awarded this title meet four criteria: LGBTQ patient-centered care; LGBTQ patient services and support; employee benefits and policies and LGBTQ patient and community engagement.   

Living in Pittsburgh is easy on the wallet

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PITTSBURGH TODAY - Southwestern Pennsylvania remains more affordable overall than the average U.S. region, scoring particularly well in the areas of housing and health care.   

Pittsburgh praised as “already a decade ahead” by Mayor

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CITY LAB - “Universities are key drivers of the knowledge economy. And I know firsthand that Pittsburgh has great ones. Could the city have turned around without these institutions?” There is no question that what sets Pittsburgh apart from our Rust Belt brothers and sisters is the fact so much investment has come out of our “eds and meds” [educational and medical institutions]."   

156 things to do in Pittsburgh to stay busy every month of the year

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DISCOVER THE BURGH - There is so much going on in and around Pittsburgh's 90 neighborhoods. Discover the Burgh has covered quite a bit - with no end in sight!  

Pittsburgh is first stop for memorial for opioid overdose victims

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WESA-FM – “Prescribed to Death: A Memorial to the Victims of the Opioid Crisis” has arrived at the University of Pittsburgh in the William Pitt Student Union. A machine carves a new pill on site every 24 minutes to represent the frequency of fatal overdoses. The wall will include up to 22,000 pills—each engraved with the face of someone who died of an opioid overdose. It will be open to the public on Tuesday 2/6.  

Pittsburgh forges a new future, remaking iconic steel town into a modern innovation factory

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“It’s a different world. UPMC, CMU, and University of Pittsburgh changed everything,” said Mark Cuban, referring to Pittsburgh’s marquee institutions like a native. “It went from Rust Belt to AI and Med Belt. I’m so proud of what has happened. Now it’s a young vibrant city that has an amazing workforce.”    

Pitt Achievements

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Pitt Commits to Carbon Neutrality 

Pitt Commits to Carbon Neutrality

PITTWIRE  - As the planet’s climate changes in ways that pose daunting challenges, the University of Pittsburgh is accelerating its aggressive sustainability plan with a more ambitious goal: Become carbon neutral by 2037, Pitt’s 250th anniversary. Through partnerships, increased building and infras... (03/04/2020)
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Pitt earns top 10 military-friendly designation for 9th consecutive year 

Pitt earns top 10 military-friendly designation for 9th consecutive year

For the ninth consecutive year, the University of Pittsburgh has been recognized for its support for students in the military community with a 2020-2021 Military Friendly Top 10 School designation. Institutions were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey in... (03/03/2020)
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Pitt honored in Healthiest Employers of Pittsburgh Awards 

Pitt honored in Healthiest Employers of Pittsburgh Awards

@PITT - Employers are assessed on their health and wellness programs using six fundamental areas of health programming: culture and leadership commitment, foundational components, strategic planning, communication and marketing, programming and interventions, reporting and analytics. "This honor he... (12/09/2019)
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Info sessions to encourage staff, faculty collaboration at Community Engagement Center 

Info sessions to encourage staff, faculty collaboration at Community Engagement Center

@Pitt - At the Homewood center, Pitt and community partners collaborate to offer programs in health and wellness, digital literacy, educational support, job seeking, small business and workforce development, civic engagement and more. The center is part of Pitt’s Neighborhood Commitments, an effort... (10/14/2019)
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Discover the Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Program at Pitt Public Health 

Discover the Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Program at Pitt Public Health

Pitt undergrads: There are now even more reasons to jump-start your grad experience at Pitt Public Health. While you learn to solve health problems, contribute to scientific discoveries, and transform the well-being of communities at home and around the world, you'll save even more money on tuition... (09/26/2019)
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Pitt ranked #18 best public college by U.S. News and World Report 

Pitt ranked #18 best public college by U.S. News and World Report

PITT WIRE - “This year’s ranking positions the University of Pittsburgh as a top-20 public school,” says Chancellor Patrick Gallagher. “It’s a powerful testament to our students, faculty and staff and a clear signal that our trajectory as a world leader in learning, teaching, and research is still—... (09/09/2019)
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Pitt's QS World University Rankings 

Pitt's QS World University Rankings

Pitt remains in the top 150 universities worldwide, according to the QS World University Rankings 2020 released in June. In the ranking of 1,000 universities across the globe, Pitt came in at 140th. The University has danced around that number for the past few years: 136 for 2019, 142 for 2018, and... (08/12/2019)
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Bee friendly Pitt sets campus abuzz 

Bee friendly Pitt sets campus abuzz

PITT WIRE - Bee Friendly Pitt is a team of undergraduates that has installed seven bee houses near plantings and pollinator gardens throughout the Pittsburgh campus. The project was conceived during a sustainability course focused on development of impactful sustainability projects on campus and in... (06/24/2019)
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Pitt dedicates the Philippine Nationality Room 

Pitt dedicates the Philippine Nationality Room

PITTWIRE - The new Philippine Nationality Room was designed after consultation with scholars and architects from Manila and is the 31 nationality room to open in the Cathedral of Learning. It represents the influence of cultures that make up the nation, an archipelago of more than 7,000 islands. Th... (06/11/2019)
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Pitt Medicine shows plans for their part of health sciences expansion 

Pitt Medicine shows plans for their part of health sciences expansion

PITT MED - the education addition and renovation is part of the University's master plan that includes many improvements throughout the health sciences and includes a rennovation of the Falk Library of the Health Sciences, a cafe, and common areas accommodating a variety of study styles.  (04/29/2019)
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Walkshop Explores Urban Campus Instruction 

Walkshop Explores Urban Campus Instruction

@Pitt - Two Pitt faculty have collaborated on an educational experience meant to move participants beyond the traditional formats of lectures and slides in a classroom: a walkshop, which is "a walking workshop where we talk about the space that you can see around you."  (04/23/2019)
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Pitt invests in growing the Innovation District 

Pitt invests in growing the Innovation District

Built by Ford Motor Co. in 1915, 5000 Baum Boulevard is a 200,000-square-foot facility that functioned as part assembly plant, part showroom. The property represents Pitt’s largest development project to date aimed at strengthening the city’s Innovation District, which is being strategically develo... (02/19/2019)
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Arthur Levine: 20 years of impact 

Arthur Levine: 20 years of impact

PITT WIRE - After more than two decades of transformative service to the University of Pittsburgh, Arthur S. Levine has announced his intent to exit his position as senior vice chancellor for the health sciences and the John and Gertrude Petersen Dean in the School of Medicine. In a message to the ... (01/24/2019)
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EPA recognizes Pitt for efforts to reduce what ends up in landfills 

EPA recognizes Pitt for efforts to reduce what ends up in landfills

In a partnership between students, staff, and the administration, a number of small improvements have added up to a significant reduction in food waste over recent years. By 2025 the plan is to expand composting by 50 percent; serve half of to-go meals in reusable containers; and cut the amount of ... (01/09/2019)

Pitt's Bike-friendly efforts recognized 

Pitt's Bike-friendly efforts recognized

PITT WIRE - The league of American Bicyclists recognizes colleges and universities that support bicycling with its Bicycle Friendly University status, scoring across five categories: engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement, and evaluation. This year, Pitt earned the status with a bronze ... (01/07/2019)
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First Vice Chancellor for Science Policy and Research Strategies Named 

First Vice Chancellor for Science Policy and Research Strategies Named

@PITT - Michael Holland has been named Pitt's first-ever vice chancellor for science policy and research strategies. Holland’s responsibilities will include the development and implementation of University research policies and of strategies to support collaborations across the sciences, medicine, ... (10/17/2018)
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New Vice Chancellor named as Pitt marks another record-breaking year in innovation 

New Vice Chancellor named as Pitt marks another record-breaking year in innovation

PITTWIRE - Under the leadership of EVAN FACHER (HUGEN '97), Pitt innovators started a record 23 new companies in FY18. Facher now moves into the new position of vice chancellor for innovation and entrepreneurship. “Pitt faculty and students are constantly pushing the boundaries of discovery across ... (08/02/2018)
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Origins of Pitt Public Health's iconic "Cantini Man" sculpture, according to King Friday (VIDEO) 

Origins of Pitt Public Health's iconic "Cantini Man" sculpture, according to King Friday (VIDEO)

In charming footage from an early episode of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," famed Pittsburgh muralist and sculptor, Virgil Cantini shares the maquette for his scientific "Man" sculpture and explains his vision for the work. The angular, larger-than-life metallic figure has adorned the Fifth Avenue ... (04/16/2018)
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Pittsburgh praised as “already a decade ahead” by Mayor 

Pittsburgh praised as “already a decade ahead” by Mayor

CITY LAB - “Universities are key drivers of the knowledge economy. And I know firsthand that Pittsburgh has great ones. Could the city have turned around without these institutions?” There is no question that what sets Pittsburgh apart from our Rust Belt brothers and sisters is the fact so much inv... (02/09/2018)
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Coming of Age Ceremony brings Japanese tradition, Pittsburgh community together 

Coming of Age Ceremony brings Japanese tradition, Pittsburgh community together

PITT WIRE - While learning English at Pitt, 25 Japanese students missed out on the annual Coming of Age Ceremony, a national holiday in Japan. The Asian Studies Center threw them a party. “So many people support me here in Pittsburgh,” said Nanami Moriyasu, a Yasuda student majoring in English lite... (02/07/2018)